'Mermaid' puppy makes incredible recovery after being thrown from a moving van
Bambi, a Cocker Spaniel cross, was born with severely dislocated kneecaps that left her with deformed hind legs.
This earned her the nickname of ‘mermaid’, as her legs created the shape of a fish tail.
As a result of the untreated birth defect, poor Bambi was in constant pain, couldn’t jump, and was barely able to walk.
Then, she was hurled on to the road from a moving van and left for dead.
Thankfully, she was discovered by a dog warden, who found Bambi malnourished, filthy, and covered in painful sores.
Bambi was taken to the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) rescue centre in Watford, UK and the organisation launched a campaign to raise money for her to be operated on.
She was then referred to Hamilton Specialist Referrals (HSR) in High Wycombe, for corrective surgery – which was offered at a heavily discounted price by Specialist veterinary orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Michael Hamilton.
Following two successful surgeries on each leg – which involved deepening the grooves and re-aligning the kneecaps – Bambi is now pain free and able to run, jump and play.
She has even found her forever home with her former foster carer, Carol Spencer.
New owner Carol said: ‘Bambi has always had such an enormous love for life even when she was suffering.
‘She has fought so hard for her recovery and she went through it all with a wagging tail.
‘Finally, she can live the happy, care free life every dog deserves.
‘You only have to look at her happy little face to see how much she appreciates everything that has been done for her.’
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